The Founder

Genre:  Drama | Running Time:  115 min.
In theatres: January 20, 2017

Current rating: Rating: 4.14
based on 28 votes and 14 reviews
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Cast: Michael Keaton, Laura Dern, Linda Cardellini, Nick Offerman, Patrick Wilson, John Carroll Lynch, B.J. Novak

Inspiration: Raymond Kroc

Synopsis

The true story of how small-time salesman Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton) met brothers Dick McDonald (Nick Offerman) and Mac McDonald (John Carroll Lynch) when he was selling them a large order of mixers for the small restaurant chain that they'd started on their own. Impressed by the brothers' speedy system of making and serving the food, he sees the potential to make a highly profitable franchise.

He manages to talk the brothers into letting him get involved, but the three soon find themselves having disagreements. When they don't approve of his ideas, such as making milkshakes from powder, he gets frustrated and eventually manages to pull the company out from under them, despite opposition from all sides, including his wife Ethel (Laura Dern). However, he goes on to eventually create the billion-dollar McDonald's empire.

Director: John Lee Hancock
Studio: Elevation Pictures
Producer(s): Aaron Ryder, Jeremy Renner, Don Handfield
Screenplay: Robert Siegel
Official Site: http://thefounderfilm.com

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  • 5 stars "Loved it! My son did, too. Great business lessons."
  • 4 stars "Loved it! Very entertaining! Michael Keaton is a brilliant, shrewd, devious bastard! His long-suffering, wet-rag face wife, is fabulously played by Laura Dern! In fact, all the actors were perfectly matched to the real life characters they portrayed! The movie took you from its roots in California to encompassing all 50 states by the 70's! What a story! And I went right out to McDonalds afterwards for my dinner - yum!"
  • 3 stars "3 stars because the story had some interesting background info about a biz we all know. Keaton is always fun to watch. Learned a lot about the beginnings of the fast food biz. Good flick for entrepreneur types who like to see what it takes to find success. And also shows the ugly side of biz as well."